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Senators Ownership Group Discussing Potential Casino At Scotiabank Place

Senators Sports & Entertainment is "deciding if it will make a power play for a new casino," with Scotiabank Place "mentioned as a possible location for a new betting house in Ottawa," according to Jon Willing of the OTTAWA SUN. But Senators President Cyril Leeder said that SSE "is still unsure if it will respond to a casino tender" issued by the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corp. Leeder said, "We've been watching the casino debate from afar and we're still trying to determine whether we have an interest in that or not." OLG, which runs slots at harness racing track Rideau Carleton Raceway, "wants a larger gambling facility in the Ottawa area." The council on Wednesday "endorsed the idea." Leeder: "We, on our own right, have a fairly sizable land holding so if we had interest it would be as a proponent, not with another developer" (OTTAWA SUN, 10/12).
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